TIMELINE: Andy Griffith

Published: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 9:48 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 9:48 AM

            Andy Griffith, US actor and comedian, in uniform in a publicity portrait issued for the US television series, 'The Andy Griffith Show', USA, circa 1965. The sitcom starred Griffith as 'Sheriff Andy Taylor'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
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June 1, 1926: Born in Mount Airy, N.C., the only child of Geneva and Carl Lee Griffith, and named Andy Samuel Griffith

1941: Inspired to play the trombone after seeing Birth of the Blues at local movie theater

May 30, 1944: Graduated from Mount Airy High School

Summer 1944: Enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a sociology major in prepara¬tion for becoming a Moravian preacher

Summers 1946-1953: Performed various roles in The Lost Colony on Roanoke Island, N.C.

June 1949: Graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music

1949: Married to Barbara Edwards (divorced 1972)

1949-1952: Worked as a music and drama teacher at Goldsboro (N.C.) High School

November 1953: Release of “What It Was, Was Football” on the Colonial Records label

Mar. 15, 1955: The United States Steel Hour: No Time for Sergeants, as Will Stockdale

Summer 1955: Florida concert tour with country star Ferlin Husky and a promising new performer, Elvis Presley

Oct. 20, 1955: Broadway premiere of No Time for Sergeants, as Will Stockdale (Received Theatre World Award in 1956 for Outstanding Debut of a Performer and Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play)

May 28, 1957: Premiere of A Face in the Crowd, as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes...

1958: Andy and Barbara adopt son Andy Samuel Griffith, Jr., born in December 1957

May 29, 1958: Premiere of feature film version of No Time for Sergeants, as Will Stockdale.

1959: Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance—Spoken Word for Hamlet

Apr. 23, 1959: Broadway premiere of Destry Rides Again, as Destry (Received Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical)

1960: Andy and Barbara adopt daughter Dixie Nann Griffith, born in September 1959

Oct. 3, 1960: Series premiere of The Andy Griffith Show (249 episodes and eight seasons), as Sheriff Andy Taylor

1968: Received National Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews

1969: Premiere of Angel in My Pocket, as the Reverend Samuel D. Whitehead

1969: Received Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Florida Southern College

1970: Series premiere of The Headmaster, as Andy Thompson

1971: Series premiere of The New Andy Griffith Show, as Andy Sawyer

1975: Premiere of Hearts of the West, as Howard Pike

1975: Theater (formerly the auditorium for Rockford Street Grammar School) renamed Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy, N.C.

Apr. 21, 1976: Star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1976: Telecast of Six Characters in Search of an Author, as The Father

1978: Received Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina

1979: Series premiere of Salvage, as Harry Broderick

1981: Premiere telecast of Murder in Texas, as Ash Robinson (Nominated for Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special)

1983: Premiere telecast of Murder in Coweta County, as John Wallace

Apr. 2, 1983: Married to Cindi Knight

1983: Received North Carolina Award for Fine Arts

1984: Premiere telecast of Fatal Vision, as Victor Worheide

1985: Premiere of Rustlers’ Rhapsody, as Colonel Ticonderoga

1985: Premiere telecast Crime of Innocence, as Judge Julius Sullivan

1986: Premiere telecast of Diary of a Perfect Murder, as Ben Matlock

1986: Under the Influence, as Noah Talbot

Apr. 13, 1986: Premiere telecast of Return to Mayberry, as Andy Taylor

Sept. 20, 1986: Series premiere of Matlock (177 episodes, 1986-1995)

1987: Received People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Program for portrayal of Ben Matlock in Matlock

1992: Received Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Television Programming Executives

1992: Inducted into Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in Orlando, Fla.

1997: Received Grammy Award for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, or Bluegrass Gospel Album for I Love to Tell the Story—20 Timeless Hymns

1999: Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, or Bluegrass Gospel Album for Just As I Am

2001: Premiere of Daddy and Them, as O.T. Montgomery

Oct. 16, 2002: Dedication of the Andy Griffith Parkway in Mount Airy, N.C.

Oct. 28, 2003: Dedication of TV Land Landmark for The Andy Griffith Show at Pullen Park in Raleigh, N.C.

2004: Nominated for Dove Award for Country Album of the Year for The Christmas Guest (co-nominee with Marty Stuart)

2004: Received TV Land Legend Award for The Andy Griffith Show

Sept. 24, 2004: Replica of TV Land Landmark for The Andy Griffith Show unveiled in Mount Airy, N.C.

2005: Received Carolina Performing Arts Lifetime Achievement Award at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

2005: Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush at the White House

2007: Premiere of Waitress, as Old Joe

2008: Received Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year for “Waitin’ on a Woman” with Brad Paisley

Sept. 26. 2009: Dedication of the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, N.C.

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Kidnapping survivor, author, advocate Elizabeth Smart shows off new baby

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart is pictured here in an appearance on the ‘Today’ show in 2013. Smart and her husband, Matthew Gilmour, have welcomed a new baby boy to their family.
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Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has posted photos of her new baby boy on Instragram.

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The photos feature her husband Matthew Gilmour, daughter Chloe, 2, and newborn son James.

“These people are my whole world,” Smart wrote in a caption of a family portrait. “Whenever I look at them I realize how fortunate I am. I hope I never forget what a blessing a safe, healthy, happy family is.”

Earlier this month, the proud parents took baby James to get a “special blessing.”

“The sunshine made today the perfect day for an adventure with great Granny and Grandpa, and great uncle Neville!” she wrote in a photo caption of the family visiting with Gilmour’s parents in Scotland, where he’s from.

Another photo shows Chloe and James snuggling.

“Nothing better then seeing my two babies love on each other!” Smart wrote.

Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in her home in Salt Lake City in 2002 when she was 14 by a homeless man, who her father had employed as a handy man, and his wife. She was rescued nine months later by police just 18 miles from the family home. 

Suspect, Brian David Mitchell, and his wife, Wanda Ileen Barzee, were eventually convicted in the Smart kidnapping and assault case. 



WATCH: Massive crash at Indy 500 sends car airborne, landing in fiery explosion on track 

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 4:44 PM

This is what driver Scott Dixon’s new car looked like before the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. After the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was in pieces. Driver Jay Howard lost control and smashed into Dixon during the race, causing a fiery crash and explosion.
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A major crash at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday sent a race car airborne, careening out of control, before landing in pieces on the track. 

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The drivers of the two cars involved, Jay Howard and Scott Dixon, were fine, but the violent smash-up caused moments of panic in the pits and in the stands. 

Horrified crew members and spectators gasped as Howard lost control, slamming into Dixon’s car, which exploded as it collided with the barrier.

Dixon credited safety protocols for the lack of injuries.

The race was halted for almost 20 minutes as crews cleaned up the track.

In the end, Takuma Sato of Japan won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

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6 places you should visit in Cincinnati 

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Queen City is calling. 

Luckily for you, Cincinnati is just a stone’s throw from the Gem City. 

The our sister city to the south is teaming with restaurants, neighborhood, museums, sports venues and other attraction that are well worth a trip down Interstate 75.

We highlight 6 must-visit spots in the video above.  

Yancy Deering, the director of communications for the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the recently-launched Cincinnati Bell Connector makes it even easier for people to get to many of those spots. 

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>> MORE: Cincinnati makes list of 50 best places to travel — in the world

The electric streetcar operates on a 3.6 mile loop that connects key area in the city that include destinations like downtown hotels, Washington Park, the Aronoff Center, Cincinnati Music Hall and JACK Casino.  

You can find more information here

The streetcar goes from The Banks on the riverfront to Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine and includes 18 stops. 

>> MORE: Baby hippo at Cincinnati Zoo saved by Children’s Hospital team

>> MORE: 22 reasons to visit Fairborn

Gal Gadot, Lynda Carter meet at ‘Wonder Woman’ premiere

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:28 AM

Actors Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter embrace at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'

Two are more wonderful than one.

Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter met, embraced and posed for photographs at Thursday’s premiere of “Wonder Woman” in Hollywood, ETOnline reported.

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Carter, 65, made the Wonder Woman character famous during its television series run from 1975 to 1979. Gadot is starring in the movie version, which debuts nationally on June 2. The two women reunited at the Pantages Theatre, along with the film’s director, Patty Jenkins.

"I am the bearer of the torch and now I'm passing it forward to Gal and to Patty," Carter told ET. "I spoke with Patty early on and I couldn't wait to meet Gal. The three of us share some sisterhood by living and breathing this character."

"I just love her very much so," Gadot told ET. "She is such a special women and a unique person and it's always great to see her, especially tonight where she's going to see the movie for the first time. And my heart is going crazy."

Carter admitted she was nervous before watching the film.

"I can't breathe. I am so excited," she said. "I really want you all to embrace this. This is another way to look at her. It doesn't mean to abandon me or abandon the way that I had her, the way that I played her. This is just another way to look at Wonder Woman.”

I'm in LA, so excited to be attending the premiere of the new Wonder Woman movie, directed by my friend, Patty Jenkins,...

Posted by Lynda Carter on Thursday, May 25, 2017